2023 NACo Annual Conference & Exposition


2023 NACo Annual Conference & Exposition

Participants from counties of all sizes come together to shape NACo’s federal policy agenda, share proven practices and strengthen knowledge networks to help improve residents’ lives and the efficiency of county government.
Fri. July 21
9:00 am

Community Economic and Workforce Development Policy Steering Committee (Offsite Meeting)

Fri. July 21 | 9:00 am to 5:00 pmAustin Community College

Community, Economic and Workforce Development Policy Steering Committee members will travel to the Austin Community College Highland Campus to discuss critical issues and policy priorities on all matters pertaining to economic and workforce development, public works, and increasing and preserving affordable housing. Members will also consider and vote on policy resolutions that will be used to guide NACo’s advocacy efforts.

Sat. July 22
8:30 am

Curbing the Crisis: County Recommendations to Advance Housing Affordability

Sat. July 22 | 8:30 am to 9:45 amLevel 4 | Ballroom F

Navigate the complex landscape of county authority and housing affordability. Hear from NACo Housing Task Force members on specific policy recommendations and best practices that can be tailored and implemented in your community.

1:30 pm

Arts as a Catalyst for Change: Hosted by the NACo Arts & Culture Commission

Sat. July 22 | 1:30 pm to 3:00 pmLevel 3 | Room 8

County leaders are partnering with the arts to advance policy priorities and expand opportunities across our communities. Learn about federal policies and resources that affect the creative sector, the accomplishments and challenges facing Austin’s growing cultural scene, and strategies to deploy the arts to build more prosperous communities with highlights from both urban and rural initiatives. Hear from a national expert on economic development and from local representatives of Austin’s globally renowned arts and music scene, including an artist representative from the Austin Music Commission and the co-president of South by Southwest.

Economic Development on the Border: Hosted by the International Economic Development Task Force

Sat. July 22 | 1:30 pm to 3:00 pmLevel 4 Room 19B

In today's global economy, local economic development often does not stop at the county, state or even national lines. Rather, international trade and business partnerships can help drive local economies forward. In this session, learn from county peers located on or near our northern and southern borders about the value of North American trade and managing economic relationships with our Canadian and Mexican counterparts. Hosted by the International Economic Development Task Force, this session is open to all attendees.

Immigration Reform Task Force Meeting

Sat. July 22 | 1:30 pm to 3:00 pmLevel 3 | Room 9 B & C

The Immigration Reform Task Force (IRTF) will meet to discuss the latest developments on immigration reform, the impact of federal immigration policy on local governments and communities, and hear from policy experts.

5:30 pm

Workforce Development and Economic Mobility Reception (Sponsored by Walmart)

Sat. July 22 | 5:30 pm to 7:30 pmMarriott Downtown | Level 5 | Waterloo Ballroom 3

All are welcome to join this networking reception. Special thank you to our partners at Walmart. We also acknowledge counties in the Economic Mobility Leadership Network for their hard work and contributions.

Sun. July 23
8:45 am

Improving Economic Stability for Young Children Through Two-Generation Strategies

Sun. July 23 | 8:45 am to 10:00 amLevel 3 | Room 9 B & C

Learn from county officials who have successfully implemented two-generation approaches to improve economic stability and well-being for young children. The session will explore how working with children and the adults in their lives can support economic mobility.

10:30 am

Building the Future: Strategies for Bipartisan Infrastructure Law Implementation

Sun. July 23 | 10:30 am to 11:45 amLevel 4 | Room 16

This session will explore ways county leaders can apply for funding under the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law to build a foundation for long-term sustainability. The workshop will highlight county programs, including broadband deployment, transportation projects, energy efficiency, and water and sewer improvements.

2:30 pm

Achieving the American Dream: Summit on Strategies to Promote Economic Mobility

Sun. July 23 | 2:30 pm to 5:00 pmLevel 4 | Ballroom F

County policies, programs, partnerships and funding create pathways to improved financial prosperity for our residents. This capstone to NACo's multi-year partnership with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will focus on four key policy areas to support inter-generational wealth-building, including equitable access to broadband, effective workforce development, housing finance and measuring progress. Presenters will feature subject matter experts as well as elected county leaders who are members of NACo’s Economic Mobility Leadership Network.

Mobile Workshop: Community First! Village Mobile Tour

Sun. July 23 | 2:30 pm to 5:30 pmBuses depart from the Trinity Street Convention Center exit

Community First! Village is a 51-acre master planned community that provides affordable, permanent housing and a supportive community for the disabled, chronically homeless in Central Texas. Since 2005, this transformative residential program has been a staple of Mobile Loaves & Fishes and has become the largest community-based model in the country lifting homeless men and women up off the streets into community and home.

This tour is open to all conference attendees on a first-come, first-served basis.

Mon. July 24
3:00 pm

Powering Up Economies: Strategies for Coal, Energy and Rural Communities

Mon. July 24 | 3:00 pm to 4:15 pmLevel 4 | Room 17

This workshop will showcase economic trends and innovative strategies to strengthen your local economy. Learn about forward-looking opportunities from experts and county leaders to overcome economic shocks and support greater resiliency. Counties will discuss responses to the closing of coal-fired power plants and successful diversification of mining economies. Walk away inspired by the potential within your community for economic transformation. Additionally, coal-impacted communities are encouraged to be part of NACo’s Building Resilient Economies in Coal Communities (BRECC) Initiative.

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